Auto recall notices are relatively common. These official alerts are the result of investigations into automotive parts problems. As such, corroborated with specialized testimony, they may become essential articles in various types of Kentucky auto-related injury cases.
For those interested in finding out whether their vehicle was subject to a recall, there is a simple tool available. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a quick vehicle identification number search. One could simply enter the 17-character Vin of a vehicle and find out any safety recalls that happened over the past 15 years, including those that pertain to motorcycles.
This is a particularly effective tool when establishing the details of a recall. One could use this information to request repairs, advise on a purchase decision or even support an argument in a defective products case corollary to a personal injury claim.
Cars.com also keeps a running list of current recalls. Among the largest recalls for February of 2019 were:
- Three KIA models, namely 2012 to 2016 Soul hatchbacks, 2011 to 2012 Sportage SUVs and 2015 to 2018 Sedona minivans
- Hyundai Tuscon SUVs from model years 2011 to 2013
- Acura MDX and TLX vehicles from 2015 to 2019
- Honda Accord vehicles from 2015 to 2019
Recalls, such as those described on Cars.com, have the purpose of informing consumers of potentially dangerous flaws in their vehicles. These notices and investigations may also provide insights into who is responsible for injuries from auto collisions. Presence of a significant mechanical flaw could affect a case in many ways. For example, it could reduce personal fault, indicate negligence or require a manufacturer to pay damages under product liability law, depending on the circumstances.